Citizens’ group gets standing for ED-19 hearing

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

BROCKVILLE – A citizens’ coalition against a mega-dump in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal will have a seat at the table this summer over an appeal concerning the landfill licence.

A review tribunal ruled Monday to allow a half dozen groups, including the Citizens Against the ED-19 Dump, to make arguments in support of the province’s decision to suspend the licence.

The Ministry of Environment put the brakes on the 20-year-old landfill certificate after public backlash about the proposed mega-dump, including a call from MPP Steve Clark for the province to do something.

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is appealing the province’s decision, arguing the ministry doesn’t have the legal jurisdiction to suspend the licence, leading to a hearing this summer before the Environment Review Tribunal.

ED-19 was approved for a dump site in 1998 and, recently, the county had received an expression of interest from R.W. Tomlinson Limited to develop the landfill site. The proposed dump, at the end of Byers Road, would cover 35 acres and would hold 1.56 million cubic meters of waste.

A date has not been set for the hearing, but it will likely be in late June.

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